Tonfa – an Okinawan Martial Arts Weapon.
The Tonfa is one of the oldest martial arts weapons, with an interesting history of development.
It is widely used throughout the world with many students perfecting skills that have been passed down from dojo to dojo and master to master.
The Tonfa is a very basic weapon and simple in its appearance, however, it is a very versatile weapon that requires years of practice to master – but once mastered, it is a amazing piece of martial arts equipment.
Traditionally made from red oak wood, the Tonfa is a weapon for both hands – and as such is used in pairs as a double handed weapon, generally only for self defence.
As with all weapons, we find the Tonfa is more than capable of holding its own as a full on offensive attack weapon – and very effective it is too
Many of the different martial arts disciplines encourage the practice of using a Tonfa as well as the use of many other Okinawan Martial Arts Weapons, however, the Tonfa is found in the modern martial arts clubs these days with both Training and Techniques being taught to many students.
Japanese fighting weapons are many and varied, with a long and interesting history. Their sizes and shapes have changed little over the years and the weapons you see now are much the same as they would have been back in the days of the Samurai Warriors of old.
Martial arts training that uses many different types of weapons is often seen in the Dojo’s today and should be encouraged, in keeping with the old traditional ways of Okinawan martial arts weapons.
There are countless traditional styles of combat that are often referred to as Martial Arts. From eastern fighting practices in Asian, to combative methods in ancient Europe, these techniques have been grouped together under the Martial Arts umbrella term.
In recent times, competitive Martial Arts has become extremely popular worldwide and the most well known, competitive discipline has been dubbed mixed-martial arts or MMA, a non-weapon based combat sport which combines multiple elements from many different types of Martial Arts.
Some of these Martial arts competitions have become affiliated with television networks and online betting websites, which has increased the popularity to the heights of boxing.